Capital Bikeshare is hosting an open house later this month to discuss expansions, membership fee increases and more.
You’re invited to be part of the conversation that will shape Capital Bikeshare’s future. Join representatives from all four jurisdictions that own the system at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G St. NW for the Capital Bikeshare Open House on Wednesday, January 28 from 6pm - 8pm. The Open House will feature conversations on future expansion, rider policy, pricing and more. We’ll also have a trivia quiz, with fun factoids on display from the 4+ years of Capital Bikeshare and other notable information.
At the Open House, Capital Bikeshare will offer information on the first proposed price increase in more than four years of operation. Since our launch in 2010, we’ve added more than 200 stations, doubled our regional footprint into two additional jurisdictions, and seen daily trips increase from an average of 1,000 in October 2010 to more than 10,000 in October 2014 – all while the price has remained constant.
The proposed new annual membership fee is $85 and would take effect this spring. Even with the $10 increase, the proposed rate is much lower than other major metropolitan US systems like New York ($149) and on par with Boston ($85); and will help us continue to provide the highest quality service for the first and, by station count, largest bikeshare system in the country. Usage fees for trips over 30 minutes would remain unchanged.
There will still be options for reduced price memberships for qualifying individuals through programs like Bank on DC, and we will continue our monthly installment plan for those who want to spread out their cost.
At the Open House, we want to hear your feedback on the proposed changes. Please join representatives from each of the four participating jurisdictions at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library on January 28 and make your voice heard.
If you can’t attend in person, you can still offer input on the proposed price changes. We will be taking comments until February 15, 2015. Please email:email@example.com
Also, Alta Bicycle Share, the company that has the contract to operate CaBi has changed its name to Motivate. It will take me about 15 years to adjust to that. I still talk about John Cougar Mellencamp after all.
In the time since the first major US bike share system was launched four and a half years ago, Motivate has grown forty-fold. In every city Motivate operates, expansion is being pursued or considered by popular demand. And the establishment of regional systems – in places such as Boston, Washington, D.C., the Bay Area, Chicago and now New York – illustrates how growth won’t be contained by political or even geographic borders.
Also, for the first year ever, there's a new Busiest Station in Capitol Bikeshare - and it's Union Station. Ward 6 representing!! It beat out defending champion DuPont Circle by only 122 trips. I've been using it more - mostly to go to ShopHouse.